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Firebirds Edged By Bunn, 31-27
PORTILLO’S PLAN. Southern Nash’s Mike Portillo (left) tries to escape the Bunn defense during last Friday night’s non-conference football showdown in Franklin County. The host Wildcats earned a hard-fought 31-27 victory.
Firebirds Edged By Bunn, 31-27

BUNN -- Southern Nash and Bunn have engaged in their share of monumental football thrillers through the years.
This one might be at or near the top of the list.
In what was expected to be a between-the-tackles grudge match, Bunn used several big plays to put together a substantial lead -- only to see the Firebirds return the favor with a late flurry.

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FIRST STEP FOR NN
THE START OF SOMETHING SPECIAL. Members of the Nash Central High School cross country team (center) take off at the beginning of the boys race at the Northern Nash Fighting Knights Invitational Meet.
FIRST STEP FOR NN

RED OAK -- Northern Nash is in a footrace to obtain what has been an elusive goal for the Knights’ boys cross country program.
Northern has put together a strong history of distance success under veteran coach Jeff Dodrill, but the Knights haven’t won a regional championship since the 1990s.

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Knights stopped by Vikes
Knights stopped by Vikes

NASH COUNTY -- For the second consecutive week, Rocky Mount was the only Nash County public high school to come away with a varsity football victory.
The other three squads -- Southern Nash, Tarboro and Nash Central -- were all defeated in non-conference gridiron action.

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NNHS nabs road victory
NNHS nabs road victory

PINETOPS -- Northern Nash High School got off to a slow start but rebounded quickly last Tuesday to secure a three-set volleyball victory against the SouthWest Edgecombe Lady Cougars.
Scores were 26-24, 25-12 and 25-12 in favor of the Lady Knights.
Senior Kaitlyn Glover sparked Northern Nash by delivering a whopping 12 service points in a row.

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SN Takes Two Of Three
QUICK ON HIS FEET. Southern Nash’s Cristian Salazar (right) advances the ball during last Tuesday evening’s road triumph at Louisburg.
SN Takes Two Of Three

STANHOPE -- Southern Nash took part in a Franklin County trifecta last week in boys soccer action -- and it proved to be a profitable experience for the Firebirds.
The three-game swing against schools from the neighboring county began last Tuesday as the Firebirds took a trip to Joyner Park to tangle with the Louisburg Warriors in a non-conference matchup.

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Louisburg rolls past Rocky Mount Prep

ROCKY MOUNT -- The Louisburg High School Warriors used a methodical approach toward gaining a football victory against the Rocky Mount Prep Jags last Friday at the Rocky Mount Athletic Complex.
Louisburg quickly rebounded from a tough loss last week at Franklinton by drubbing the Jaguars by a 49-0 margin.
LHS will carry a 2-1 overall mark into a bye week.

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JV Room To Grow
WON’T BE DENIED. Nashville junior varsity running back Jayden Whitaker picks up some yardage during his club’s road loss last Saturday against the homestanding Enfield Warriors.
JV Room To Grow

ENFIELD -- Nashville’s young junior varsity team had quite an opening task last Saturday during a season-opening matchup against the Enfield Warriors.
Enfield always boasts a solid program, and the Warriors are once again lined up for a strong squad on both the junior varsity and varsity levels.

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Mudcats’ players are honored
Mudcats’ players are honored

ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats have announced that left-handed pitcher Ryan Merritt received the Willie Duke award for his accomplishments on the mound during the 2014 campaign and right-handed pitcher Jacob Lee earned the Ed Hales award for his selfless involvement in community service.
The Willie Duke award is presented annually by the Mudcats to the player who best symbolizes the spirit and dedication to baseball exhibited by Willie Duke.

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Nash Co. kicks off year

PINETOPS -- The Nash County Jr. Firebirds kicked off their Eastern North Carolina Football League season last Saturday against the homestanding SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars. 
In the rookie game, the Firebirds  got off to a great start with Jordan Vick taking the first play from scrimmage 80 yards for the score. 

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Big East golf begins

ROCKY MOUNT -- The Big East Conference girls golf schedule began last Thursday with a nine-hole match at Northgreen County Club.
Five league teams participated in the event, with a total of 25 players teeing off.
Wilson Fike was the team winner with a stroke score of 125.

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Southern wins tennis match

LOUISBURG -- Southern Nash High School’s girls tennis team traveled to Louisburg last Wednesday and earned a 6-3 victory in non-conference action.
Southern, coached by Brad Joyner, improved to 2-2 overall following the convincing triumph.
The Ladybirds claimed decisions in each of the Top Four singles matches en route to the team victory.

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NC Wesleyan topped in opener
NC Wesleyan topped in opener

ROCKY MOUNT -- Playing its first home night game in program history, the Battling Bishop football team of North Carolina Wesleyan College fell by a 40-19 score to Stevenson University in last Saturday’s season opener at Bishop Stadium.
Jacques Alston recorded a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and fellow senior James Wallace tallied a game-high 12 tackles, but it would not be enough to thwart the Mustangs’ 468 yards of total offense.

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Wrestling scheduled in Nashville

NASHVILLE -- The AIWF World Title will be at stake Saturday when a Born Enemies wrestling card will be featured at the Nashville National Guard Armory.
The armory is located at 1030 Eastern Avenue.
The title match will see Damien Wayne tangle with Justin Overstreet.

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Battling Bishops back on the links

GREENSBORO -- North Carolina Wesleyan College’s golf team opened its 2014 fall season on Monday at the Greensboro College Shootout, a two-round event played at the par-72 Bryan Park Golf Course.
The Battling Bishops managed a 2nd-place finish as a team, trailing only host Greensboro College in the standings and downing USA South foe Averett by 25 strokes.

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Tough Opening Game
SPEED UP THE SIDELINE. Nashville’s Tavion Cox returns a kickoff for good yardage during last Saturday’s road varsity football loss against the Enfield Warriors.
Tough Opening Game

ENFIELD -- During recent jamboree and scrimmage action, it quickly became apparent to Jim Glover that Enfield was going to be one of the top clubs this fall in the always-competitive Eastern North Carolina Football League.
That didn’t necessarily sit well with Glover, as his Nashville Hornets were scheduled to open their campaign last Saturday afternoon against the talented Warriors.

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A STRONG SURGE
A STRONG SURGE

Northern Nash’s Briana Winham makes a move up the standings during last Saturday’s invitational girls race.

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ALL ABOUT GOING LOW
ALL ABOUT GOING LOW

Southern Nash’s Mizael Mendoza gets close to the ground to execute this header during last Tuesday night’s road decision against the Louisburg HS Warriors.

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CENTURY MARK
CENTURY MARK

Grant Jones rushed for over 100 yards last Friday night for the Southern Nash Firebirds during their road setback against rival Bunn HS.

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GAME HIGHLIGHTS
GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Enfield’s Marquavius Davis comes up with an interception.

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ONE LAST KICK
ONE LAST KICK

Topsail’s Trent Pyrtle and Northern Nash’s Jordan Lucas sprint toward the finish line last Saturday.

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RUN THIS WAY.
RUN THIS WAY.

Meet Director Jeff Dodrill points toward the course during the boys portion of the Northern Nash Fighting Knights Invitational cross country event in Red Oak.

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SIDE BY SIDE FOR NN
SIDE BY SIDE FOR NN

(L to R) Northern Nash standouts Christian Tippette and Stephen Whithead run together.

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TEAM UNITY
TEAM UNITY

Northern Nash’s boys cross country runners prepare for last Saturday morning’s invitational race.

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